With the season winding down, Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager and Interim Head Coach Bob Murray today gave injury updates to Ryan Kesler and Patrick Eaves.
Kesler has missed the past seven games with a hip injury and has been limited to 60 games this season. The 34-year-old center appeared in his 1,000th NHL game on March 5 at Arizona. "We're going to meet with the doctors tonight, Kes and I," Murray said to reporters today. "Kes has to get everything in his life in order as to what he has to do in order to play. It's not exactly good for his body, the things he puts himself through. We need to take full inventory of where he is in his life and go forward from there. The agent and I have talked a bunch."
Murray wasn't optimistic when asked if there's a chance the former Selke Trophy winner suits up over the final two weeks of the season. "I doubt strongly you'll see him again this year."
Eaves hasn't played with the Ducks since Feb. 4 vs. Toronto and has been limited to seven games this season. The 34-year-old forward has also appeared in seven games with the AHL's San Diego Gulls, most recently on Feb. 23. Eaves played just two games last season because of post-viral syndrome.
"He's had a setback," said Murray. "Texted with him yesterday. There is no new diagnosis or anything. This is a very troubling situation, and everybody is doing the best they can with it. There is no diagnosis, and he's just struggling again with everything. Like Kes, we hope he gets better so he can have a normal life. I don't want to speak for him, but he's just struggling. It's more like what he had last year.
"He's experiencing some of the same issues as last year. Let's just leave it at that."